N.C. State wins ACC opener

North Carolina State guard Casey Morsell (14) is greeted by teammates near the end of the second half of the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball tournament game against Louisville, Tuesday, March 12, 2024, in Washington. North Carolina State won 94-85. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON— Casey Morsell scored 25 points, Jayden Taylor had 18 points, eight rebounds and four steals and No. 10 seed North Carolina State beat No. 15 seed Louisville 94-85 on Tuesday night in the first round of the ACC Tournament, spoiling a 36-point performance by Skyy Clark.

N.C. State (18-14) advances to play No. 7 seed Syracuse in the second round on Wednesday. The Wolfpack lost both regular-season meetings with the Orange, 77-65 on the road and 87-83 at home.

Clark made a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions to tie it at 75-all with 4:50 to go and set a career-high in scoring with 30. But Taylor answered with two straight makes from distance to give N.C. State an 81-77 lead.

N.C. State made 11 free throws in the final three minutes to seal it. The Wolfpack finished 33 of 40 from the stripe, with 13 straight makes by Morsell. Louisville was 11 of 11.

Michael O’Connell added 16 points, DJ Burns Jr. scored 12 and Ben Middlebrooks had 11 for N.C. State. DJ Horne, N.C. State’s leading scorer at 16.8 points per game, did not play due to a hip injury.

Clark finished 12-of-17 shooting, including 7 of 9 from 3-point range, for Louisville (8-24), which ended the season on an eight-game losing streak with coach Kenny Payne’s future in question. Brandon Huntley-Hatfield had 17 points and seven rebounds, and Tre White added 13 points.

Louisville led by as many as 12 points in the first half before having its lead trimmed to 46-45 at the break after turning it over nine times. The Cardinals shot 66.7% in the first half, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range.

Clark, who entered with just 18 total points in his last three games, set a program record for single-game points in the ACC Tournament. His previous single-game high overall was 29 in a double-overtime victory over New Mexico State on Nov. 26.

A-10 Tournament

Fordham 71, Davidson 63

NEW YORK  — Will Richardson scored a season-high 20 points and Antrell Charlton added five during a 10-0 run in overtime as No. 12 seed Fordham took down No. 13 seed Davidson 71-63 on Tuesday to begin the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament.

Fordham (13-19) advances to play No. 5 seed VCU in the second round on Wednesday.

Fordham guard Kyle Rose tied it at 61-all on a layup with 2.1 seconds left in regulation. Charlton opened overtime with a 3-pointer as Fordham scored the first 10 points. Davidson’s only points in overtime came on Connor Kochera’s basket in the closing seconds.

Josh Rivera added 14 points. Abdou Tsimbila had nine points.

Kochera led the way for the Wildcats (15-17) with 24 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Grant Huffman added 12 points and five assists for Davidson. Reed Bailey had 11 points.